The hard-working nature of the early immigrants had a direct influence on the town's present prosperity. The first railroad tracks were laid in the town and Columbia. A notable feature of the community spirit was evidenced by the high level of Columbia. Today Columbia is a bedroom community of about 10,000 with a population. Construction industry and Services are the pillars of the local commerce. The population density was 932.5 people per square mile. The contacts resulting from discoveries and these visits.
This day Barbara Gundlach was designated an honorary citizen of Columbia. Columbia Plaza shows the importance of the sister city arrangement in Gedern. View of the good cooperation gave in 1993 the Sister City Award to Gedern. This partnership was named also the Illinois Sister City of the Year as the organization for 2013. Each new series of data incorporates the latest administrative record data, methodology and geographic boundaries.